Does your assembly plant create large equipment for heavy industry? Are you looking to automate your processes but concerned over the lifting and carrying capacities of automatic guided vehicles in the marketplace? When adding to or improving automation in your assembly or manufacturing facility, you wouldn’t consider the same AGVs that wheel around carts in Amazon warehouses for your application, you’ll require something much more robust.
Custom-designed heavy-duty automated guided vehicles and transporters are required to meet an industrial customer’s specific needs in the manufacturing and assembly industries. These industries include Automotive, Rail and Transportation, Aerospace, Energy, Steel and Process industries where specific parts or entire products are moved from one work cell to the next.
Within the manufacturing and assembly sectors, custom AGVs with unique lift, load capacity, and maneuverability are essential. Cookie-cutter models need not apply for these industries where material handling equipment is put through punishing cycles to ensure product is put out efficiently and safely.
Trusting a company to design and build your autonomous guided vehicle requires real research into the firm’s history and customers. Look for companies who have built custom, heavy-duty, automated guided vehicles for large assembly plants and factories around the world. Take no shortcuts when researching the breadth of experience and manufacturing prowess of a custom engineering firm. Heavy-duty AGV systems require a company who has designed and built for heavy industry on multiple levels to achieve the level of understanding necessary to inject automated guided vehicles.
A technical sales and engineering professional will review your application requirements and engineer the perfect solution for your AGV needs. AGVs are used in a variety of ways, often found transporting raw materials such as metal, rubber, plastic, or paper. AGVs can deliver materials directly to production lines. Considering your weight and other technical requirements, every aspect of your assembly or manufacturing process will be considered.
Transporting raw materials is one thing, but moving the product through production lines is quite another. Understanding the types of AGVs that work for your specific application is where our design team thrives. Options like a built-in, rotating scissor lift to position product at ergonomic levels during assembly, intelligent motion sensors, and 360 degree, zero-point turning further support your processes, increasing efficiency.
Where a standardized AGV such as a forklift AGV, or towing AGV can’t get the job done, or maneuver in the spaces required, designing a custom autonomous guided vehicle is the smart choice. Engineering the AGV from the wheels up offers you the opportunity to create the perfect solution for your space, whether upgrading your current plant or during the design stage of building a new facility. Look for case studies to support a design firm’s ability to design and build turnkey applications including not only the custom AGV, but the material handling equipment that will support the rest of the assembly floor.
Automation offers safety and efficiency in the workplace. Let competent professionals help your company remain competitive by enquiring about our services in automating your perfect manufacturing and assembly floor using our custom AGV technology.
Written by Michael Poeltl, Marketing Manager, Handling Specialty